This 1.25-hour train excursion departs at various times of day December 1-24 from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Bryson City depot. It includes a journey through the mountain wilderness for a visit at the North Pole. Passengers will enjoy sounds from the motion picture soundtrack along with warm cocoa and a holiday treat while listening and reading along with the popular holiday story. When the train arrives at the North Pole, Santa boards and greets the children and presents each with a silver sleigh bell. The trip also includes Christmas carol singing on the return to the depot. The railroad encourages kids to wear their pajamas. For ticket prices, departure schedules and more information, visit www.gsmr.com/create-content/event/polar-express/polar-express-0 or call 1-800-872-4681.